Among so many questions, it was possible to learn a little about the thoughts, ideas and stories of one of the richest men on the planet. Gates talked about money, his time at university, his habits and decisions, even his advice for young entrepreneurs.
One of the issues that most grabs people’s attention in general is money.
He was particularly asked what he would never spend a lot of money on…
“I think people’s consumption habits or instincts are defined when they’re in school. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on clothes or jewelry, (as far as I’m concerned- I do like to buy nice things for my wife Melinda)”
One of the most curious or particular questions that Bill Gates answered was, if in a hypothetical case he found 40 thousand dollars on the platform, would he be willing to pick it up?
The question was based on a video by scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who wondered for how much money found on the street, Bill Gates would stop to pick it up. His answer was simple:
“Because our foundation can save one person’s life for every thousand dollars we invest, I’m sure it would pick up 40 lives we’re saving… it would be a great deal,” he said.
About the university
There was a moment when he was asked about his past, about his time at the university and when he decided to undertake his business idea. One of the users asked him about his best memory of his time at Harvard University.
“I decided it was going to be different, so I didn’t attend any classes I was enrolled in and only participated in classes I wasn’t enrolled in.
You might wonder how this strategy worked, or how he got through the subjects he never studied for. In response to these doubts, Gates confessed that at the beginning of the subjects, that is, during the reading periods, he used to study a lot.
He always got the best grades (A+), with the exception of chemistry which he almost failed.
One of the most important questions was the following
When you started Microsoft your goal was to put a computer in every home; if you had to start over, what would your goal be?
It seems to me that in hindsight today it looks easier than it really was.
People thought we were crazy, and even big industry leaders like Ken Olsen said they didn’t need a computer in their home. Being young allowed us to think about computers in a very different way.
Now, as for the future, Gates thinks that the challenge is to make computers much smarter.
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The software still doesn’t understand what I need to pay attention to, in fact, the proliferation of various tools for editing text, sending emails and receiving notifications shows that users still have to face great complexity”.
“Eventually the software will understand what you need to pay attention to based on the context and your preferences,” he concluded in terms of the future of computing.
“I think that robots that have the vision and certain capabilities as good as human beings will be the great technological advance for the next 20 years, which will become a great challenge which is being underestimated.
He added that medical advances will also be incredible and hard to believe. Like robots, some capabilities such as editing or modifying genes will bring great challenges to face.
The personal domain
On a personal level, there were intimate questions as to whether marrying Melinda was one of the three most important decisions of your life.
To which, in a romantic tone, he responded that he would situate it as the most important decision of his life, since although working in software was a good choice, this was something that appeared in his life and was not so much a decision of his own.
Regarding his present, he was asked if he planned to retire and lead a more peaceful life, since it seemed that he would have to sacrifice many things to stay active in the foundation’s projects.
The answer to this question demonstrates the essence of Gates, reflects his passion and life experience. In other words, he loves his work and what he does.
“I love meeting with scientists and field workers. Today I can work less if I want to and go on vacation right now,” he says.
The situation was different when he was young, since for him there was no vacation when he was in his 20s.
However, he states that “now that I have matured, I feel very fortunate to be able to be involved in the foundation with Melinda for another 30 years if my health allows it.